Choosing nursery colors for a baby can be tricky. Hoping to escape the standard pink or blue options, many parents leap into the world of color armed with little more than a whim and a prayer. After all, color selection is not exactly a science, right?
Actually, it is. Many psychologists believe that color can have a significant effect on your mood and physical wellbeing.
Whether you are planning a nursery or giving your teenager’s room a much-needed update, your design may benefit from a little psychological intervention. Before you open that paint can, you should take a minute to consider the psychological effects of your color choice.
Different colors can have different effects on the mind and body. Wondering what your favorite hue can do for you? Here’s a quick breakdown of the potential benefits and drawbacks of each color family.
Subdued blues such as powder blue, aqua or light shades of turquoise are calming colors which help to promote sleep. When we think of the color blue, we think of tranquil seas and cloudless skies, helping us to relax both our minds and bodies. Calming blues, also help to alleviate feelings of anxiety or aggression, which can be help relax your little one, whether they are newborn or toddlers.
Just like the color blue, purple can have a very relaxing and soothing effect on your little one. Again, paler purples such as lavender or lilac will create a serene atmosphere for your little one, as well as making the room feel light and airy. Try to avoid darker purples as these tend to make the room appear gloomier than it actually is! Also, it is important to remember that once applied, purples can appear to be darker on your wall, therefore it is a good idea to pick a shade lighter than your original choice.
We often associate the color green with nature and its nurturing powers. According to some psychologists, green is associated with healing, well-being and has been known to reduce anxiety and increase concentration. Again, the best shades are light to medium greens, such as sage or moss. Picking blue greens, such as sea foam, can combine the benefits of both blues and greens promoting a calmer and more relaxing environment.
Natural shades can help to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere for your little one. As they are easy on the eyes, they will give your baby a rest from stimulating contrasts and colors, meaning that they will find it easier to fall asleep. Using shades such as beige and brown will help to create a calming environment for your little one.
Pastel pinks will have a calming effect on your little one. Avoid using dark or bright pinks as these will have a negative effect on your little one and it may even lead to anxiety and agitation. Paler pinks such as peachy pinks or dusty rose colors can help to inspire comfortable feelings which is guaranteed to help your little one relax. The color pink is often associated with love which will make it a perfect fit for your little one’s nursery.